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Pittsfield Community Television honored Mayor Tyer and Police Chief Wynn

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Wynn received a Programming Excellence Award in the category of Radio Programming series for his department's "On Patrol with the PPD" radio program on WTBR
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television honored Mayor Linda Tyer and Police Chief Michael Wynn with awards for outstanding television and radio programming.
 
At its 33rd Annual Meeting of the Members and Celebration on Monday, Sept. 21, Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) recognized the City of Pittsfield's notable communication initiatives, with awards presented to Mayor Linda Tyer and Police Chief Michael Wynn for outstanding television and radio programming.
 
Tyer received the Community Service through Community Media Award for her weekly COVID-19 updates delivered during the height of the pandemic in the spring. It's the first time that PCTV has presented this award to a sitting mayor.
 
Currently, the mayor continues to provide bi-monthly updates on a range of topics, issues, and happenings in the city. The mayor's address can be viewed on PCTV Citylink Channel 1303, PCTV Select, PCTV's Facebook page, and 89.7 WTBR-FM.
 
Her next update is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2.
 
Wynn received a Programming Excellence Award in the category of Radio Programming series for his department's "On Patrol with the PPD" radio program on WTBR. The program, which was established prior to the surge, also served as a communication resource to share public health information. 
 
Wynn thanked PCTV for the distinction.
 
"We're humbled and honored to be recognized for our effort to keep the community engaged and informed," Wynn said.
 
In her remarks, Tyer praised PCTV for its presence in the community and acknowledged the efforts of the city's COVID-19 Response Task Force.
 
"My congratulations to Chief Wynn on receiving a Programming Excellence Award. I am so honored to receive this Community Service Award. I became a super fan of PCTV way back in 2003 when I first ran for City Council and I began to understand how deeply PCTV, and now WTBR, assessed what we all know about our city," Tyer said. "I really admire all that they do for Pittsfield."
 
Tyer said while she was the face of the weekly COVID-19 communications, she had a team of professionals behind her.
 
"It's important to tell you that there was a team of highly trained professionals that got us all through the COVID-19 surge," she said. "I could not have been able to make those weekly presentations and updates to all of you without them."
 
Tyer thanked public health and public safety officials, the public schools, EMS professionals, Berkshire Health Systems, the Sheriff's Office, the Department of Public Works, Community Development and MEMA. 
 
"They all helped me keep all of you informed about our COVID activities, guidelines and regulations," Tyer said. "But especially to Catherine [Van Bramer] and Roberta [McCulloch-Dews] from my office who keep me focused on the task ahead and keep me moving forward every day. Thank you."
 

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Big Y Stores Closed On Thanksgiving, Black Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y announced that they will close all of their stores on Thanksgiving Nov. 26 as well as Friday, Nov. 27.
 
All stores will be closed including Big Y World Class Markets, Table & Vine and Fresh Acres specialty market. Big Y Express Gas & Convenience locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well.
 
According to a press release, In order to thank their thousands of employees for their continued hard work and tenacious efforts throughout the challenges of being an essential service throughout the pandemic, Big Y has decided to close their markets to the public on Thanksgiving and on the day after so their employees can rest and spend more time with their families. 
 
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